Biliteracy and Academic Achievement

Biliteracy and Academic Achievement

Biliteracy and Academic Achievement

The academic benefits of biliteracy are well-documented. Children who learn to read in two languages often outperform their monolingual peers in various academic areas. Biliteracy enhances cognitive skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity, which are essential for academic success.

Research by Thomas and Collier (2002) found that bilingual students in dual-language programs tend to achieve higher academic performance compared to students in monolingual programs. This is because biliteracy improves metalinguistic awareness, allowing children to better understand and manipulate language structures. This skill is transferable across languages, aiding in the comprehension and learning of new concepts.

Furthermore, biliteracy opens up access to a broader range of texts and resources, enriching children's educational experiences. Bilingual children can engage with literature, scientific texts, and historical documents in multiple languages, providing them with a more comprehensive understanding of the world.

By offering bilingual books and resources through Read in 2 Languages, we can support children's academic achievement and prepare them for future educational and professional success.

References:

- Thomas, W. P., & Collier, V. P. (2002). A national study of school effectiveness for language minority students’ long-term academic achievement. Santa Cruz, CA: Center for Research on Education, Diversity & Excellence.

 

 


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